News Digest Item
09 Nov 2017

Former New York mayor Bloomberg pledges 50 million dollars for anti-coal action in Europe

The Guardian

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to expand his campaign to phase out coal-fired power production from his home turf in the US to Europe, the Guardian reports. The billionaire and UN special envoy on climate change announced he will spend 50 million dollars supporting grassroots anti-coal action, related research and legal activities in Europe. Around a fifth of European CO2 emissions are from burning coal, with “Germany and Poland by far the biggest polluters”, the Guardian writes. Since 2010, Bloomberg, has spent around 164 million dollars fighting coal in the US. During this time, over half of the country’s coal-fired power plants have been shut down. Bloomberg will attend the UN climate conference COP23 in Bonn, leading a group of US cities and other entities to pledge climate action despite the Trump administration’s plan to leave the Paris Agreement, the Guardian reports.

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